Everyday Ageism: FEMAIL columnist CHRISTA D’SOUZA, reveals Zoom makes her feel prematurely old
- Christa D’Souza admits she can’t seem to get the hang of using Zoom
- She argues the communication method make her feel prematurely old
- UK-based columnist claims she needs to be more like her 57-year-old sister
It’s the last tolerated prejudice. But Femail’s had enough. It’s time we called out those day-to-day moments when we’re patronised for no longer being young…
If ever there were a means of communication to make me feel prematurely old, it would have to be Zoom. I can’t seem to get the hang of it. My head is never in the right place — or indeed in frame at all — and apparently I shout. That’s according to my partner, anyway, who is on Zoom all day for work and always assumes the role of Mufasa on family calls.
Christa D’Souza (pictured) revealed Zoom makes her feel prematurely old
Then of course there’s what I look like on it. Never has Nora Ephron’s pronouncement that at a certain age a woman is only eight hours away from looking like a bag lady felt as true as it has in lockdown. Not being able to go to the hairdresser, gym or beauty parlour has taken its toll and on Zoom I look about 102.
I need to be more like my sister, 57, who has researched all the tricks (back lighting, white table cloth, elevated computer screen) and as a result almost looks better on Zoom than in real life. She tells how Covid-19 has vastly improved her social life thanks to all the virtual dinner parties she goes to. This is someone who recently said she wasn’t going to get a tooth replaced because at her age there didn’t seem much point. In lockdown the tables have turned.
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